This weekend I had to counsel two men who were caught in sexual immorality. It is one of those moments that I dread being in a leadership role. So many people were hurt by these two guys sins. Families were hurt, parents embarrassed, friends hurt and in both case, destinies are shattered, and huge webs of deception had been put up by the perpetrators trying to cover their sins.
I have had an issue burning on my heart for a long time. Honestly, I have fought mentioning it, because I know that once I open this can of worm my life will be different. The issue is slavery. If you read this your life might be different too. Bopha is a slave I met on a flight from Cambodia to Malaysia.
To really see Cambodia changed we need people who are called of God and willing to commit their lives here. To gain the trust of the people requires times. To build relationships requires time. To learn a language requires time. To develop key strategies requires time. To have influence, first requires time. All around the world, the gospel is losing ground. Yet the number of mission trips has exploded exponentially. The missing ingredient to see transformation is time!
Over the last year there has been so much talk in the US about reforming the health care. Debate after debate went on in secret and then a vote crammed down our throats and wham. . . they say we have health care reform. What I don’t understand exactly is what is “reformed”? Are the…
When I arrived in Cambodia in 1994, I was sure surprised when I found out one of their many holidays was “The Day of Hate”. April 17th is the Day of Hate, if you are interested. It marks the day on April 17, 1975 when the Khmer Rouge completed their conquest of Cambodia. As a result 3.1 million people died.
In Kampala, Uganda I met an amazing lady named Veronica. Veronica is the director of the “Comforter Center” which is a center to minister to women who feel their only choice is to abort their babies. Veronica and her staff show them the love of Christ and help them through their difficult situation. Many women chose life for their babies, and even more choose Jesus for themselves.
A handful of young people had believed in Jesus and were rejecting the divinity and absolute power of the King. The King decided to rid himself of this new threat to his power and ordered the execution of these young followers. Twenty four in all, he had them march to an execution site just outside Kampala. It was 1886 when the order was given. The king’s executioner tied them to a tree and told them if they renounced Jesus Christ, the King would allow them to live. They all refused. They were bound and tied into reed mats and laid upon logs which were to be set to fire.
Protestant missionaries went centuries ago to Ethiopia, but it was not until the 1920’s that they tried to establish a larger and permanent presence there. The missionaries bought large tracts of land (100-1000 acres) to use as mission stations. On these stations they would produce crops to fund their activities, build Bible schools, primary schools and medical clinics to meet the needs of the local people and provide a base to share the gospel from and raise their own families.
Eighty years after Om was born he got his first chance to hear about Jesus laying mute and crippled in his bed. He was only waiting to die. Jesus came down, though faithful believers like Ang, and brought the Good News of Jesus though the power of healing into Om’s life. Now, Om and his family have changed their eternal destiny!